Inspired in part by today’s modern cruising catamarans, the Jeanneau Yachts 55, designed by Philippe Briand in cooperation with Andrew Winch, is truly a revolutionary new concept created around the idea of providing the best live-aboard experience for both the owners and their guests.
Helm Stations: Like a cat, you’ll notice that the helm stations of the JY 55 are forward rather than in the traditional location of being on the very back of the boat. Having the wheels in this location puts the helmsman and all the sailing controls much closer to the companionway which is both safer (especially when sailing at night) and much more convenient to the forward cockpit area.
Forward Cockpit: Located just forward of the helm stations is the forward cockpit. We say cockpit but it’s really a combination living area; dining area; and even a navigation area if fitted with the optional chart plotter. The entire area can be enclosed by a full dodger running between the forward part of the arch and the companionway.
Aft Lounging Area: Because the helm stations and all the sailing controls are located forward, this allowed the designers to utilize the entire aft part of the boat for outdoor living at its best (again like a cat). Notice how the aft lounging area runs the entire width of the boat from gunwale to gunwale. It’s literally like having a patio on the stern of the boat.
Walk-Around Deck: The first walk-around deck was introduced on the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 440 in 2018. Since then, every new model of Jeanneau has featured a walk-around deck from the Sun Odyssey 380 to the Jeanneau Yachts 65. Here one the 55, notice how the walk-around deck starts just behind the helm stations giving guests and crew easy access to the entire boat when moving fore and aft.
Down Below: The idea behind the design of the 55 as it relates to the forward interior space, was to create a private one bedroom apartment for the owner complete with a living room, kitchen, master bedroom, and master bath.
Main Salon: Access to the main salon is gained via the main companionway. The main salon, including a beautifully designed galley serves as the primary living area for the owners’.
Master Suite: The full beam master suite is found just forward of the main salon and includes a large queen-size bed, settee, desk, and plenty of storage.
Mater Head and Shower: Just forward of the master stateroom is the full beam master head and shower.
Guest Accommodations: Two guest cabins, each with their own private entrances, are accessed from either side of the cockpit. Each cabin includes everything the owner’s guests need for a comfortable night aboard including privacy, large double berth, seating area, storage, and a private head and shower.